Last week, the Torrington Titans summer league college baseball team offered suspended baseball star Alex Rodriguez an assistant coaching position. And now, another state baseball team is looking to coax Peyton Manning out of his comfort zone.
The Bridgeport Bluefish, of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, have offered to donate $5,000 to Manning’s Peyback Foundation if instead of using his usual “Omaha” call at the line of scrimmage he would be willing to say “Bridgeport Bluefish” just once. But “Omaha” seems to flow a bit more smoothly off of the tongue than Bridgeport Bluefish, doesn’t it?
“Although, if you think about it, if he’s at the line you could say Bridgeport to the left, Bluefish to the right and it might be, it might actually sound a little bit better than Omaha,” said Ken Shepard, General Manager of the Bluefish.
Shepard says his Assistant General Manager approached him with the idea recently, so the donation could not be as large as he would have liked.
“We actually approached the city about matching a larger donation. However, that really didn’t give them enough time to vet the whole process,” added Shepard, who first became a minor league General Manager in 1988.
While he is not expecting Manning to change his routine and actually audible with “Bridgeport Bluefish” on Sunday, he will invite Manning, and the Lombardi Trophy, to Bridgeport for a more profitable celebration for his foundation if he wins his second Super Bowl ring.